If the PS4 follows the path of the PS3 and the Vita, we shouldn’t be expecting a “true” hack for it anytime soon. Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent hackers, tinkerers, and hobbyists from digging into the internals of the device. Two days ago, Italian developer -Criscros- announced he was able to dump the contents of some of the internal Flash memory chipsets on the PS4.
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Today, Sony announced an upcoming software update for the recently released Playstation 4. The second update since the launch about a month ago, this release doesn’t bring much in terms of new features.
December is the month of presents, and I’m feeling in a particularly good mood these days. I’ve given away $50 worth of PSN codes to 5 of my Twitter followers a few days ago, and I’m doing it again! But this time, because I know not everybody owns (or wants to own) a twitter account, I’ll go with a slightly different thing:
PS Vita 3.01 has just surfaced on Sony’s servers, and already my email box is full of questions regarding TN-V4. What will be the impact of this new firmware? Is TN-V4 going to be compatible with firmware 3.01? etc…
The following guide covers the very basics of how to install and run a proxy server on your local computer to use with your PS4. This allows you to study how the PS4 communicates with Sony’s servers, for various reasons. A proxy lets you block some of the traffic (which has been useful in the past to let users access Netflix on their PS3 even when they didn’t have PSN access), or replace some of the traffic with connections to your own server (useful for being able to connect to the PSN on a lower firmware), or simply because you’d like to know what type of information your console sends to Sony’s servers.
I’m a French dude living in Japan. For a long time I’ve lived with 3 PSN accounts: one in France, one in the US, and one in Japan (also, recently, one in Brazil but that’s another story).
Having several PSN accounts is, in general, not convenient. I have bought games on all three accounts, and it’s a pain to switch. The PS3 and PS4 make it relatively easy with their profile system, but on the Vita it’s a nightmare to use different accounts.
I recently decided I had to choose one account and stick to it. I asked several friends online and in real life for their opinion, and it became clear to me that besides the obvious “I chose the PSN of my country because that was the default option”, people don’t put that much thought into their choice.
Our scam of the day is an interesting one, as it is the first fake PS4 hack claim since the console was out. Don’t worry, many more fake hacks will come along the way, trust me on that. But this one’s special, as it’s the first one. Earlier today, rumors started spreading about a potential PS4 Hack. The initial pastebin for the “exploit” from user Reckz0r claimed a PS4 running on the Day 1 update was able to install and run a “jailbreak” update program.
The pastebin pretends to provide download links to a “PS4 Devkit” (whatever that means) and a Jailbreak package. Of course, the files do not actually exist, and no mirror is to be found anywhere. Confirming the growing suspicions of fake at this point is the fact that no mirror of the files seem to be found anywhere, something that would be a first in the history of the internet for a release that big. Well, at least be glad it does not take you to a “survey”.
It is the holiday shopping season in the US, and, although I do not live there, I follow closely some of the video game deals: many of them actually work even if you don’t live in the US.
Let me start with a disclaimer: the links below are affiliate links, it means I get a percentage of the sale if you purchase the item through my links, but you don’t pay anything more than if you went to the site “normally”. Independently of that, my recommendations and excitement for those sales are genuine
First of all, all of the Videgame related deals on Amazon for the days to come can be found on this one page. It is extremely convenient and if you want cheap games or accessories I suggest you get back to that page regularly.
So, what’s exciting there in upcoming deals?
Where the hell is TN-V4, and why hasn’t it been released yet? Well, if I got a dollar every time I got that question… you know the rest.
The truth is, TotalNoob has been extremely secretive about this project and his release plans, probably for good reasons. As a result though, for the moment I cannot give a precise date as to when he plans to release his upcoming Homebrew Enabler (his most precise answer so far has been “somewhere between November and January”).
It is no news that the first steps in hacking a device often include hardware reverse engineering. For those who don’t know Chipworks, it’s a company that specializes in reverse engineering semiconductors and electronic systems. Once in a while, mostly as a publicity stunt, they publish their work for popular electronics. Today, the PS4 gets the Chipworks treatment.
If you have read my Vita TV review (and if you haven’t, do it now!), you know I have been hugely disappointed by the device so far, mostly because of the poor level of its game compatibility and services offer.
Mathieulh, of ps3 and psp hacking fame (remember pandora batteries?), happens to both be a beta tester of TotalNoob’s upcoming TN-v4, and to own one of the Japan-only Vita TVs. He was successfully able to run TN-V on his vita TV, now making the device much more interesting to my eyes.
TN-V is a homebrew enabler running in the PSP emulator of the Vita (and now Vita TV). It lets users, among other things, run emulators for the major “old school” consoles, such as the GBA, SNES, Neogeo, megadrive, NES, Nintendo 64 etc…
I’ve been one of those people to say “consoles are dead”. I’ve even thought at some point that I was right. With increasing fragmentation (steam, PC gaming, mobile games, Ouya…), and the apparently unstoppable demise of Nintendo, it was clear to me that “dedicated gaming machines” was a thing of the past.
Of course, I’m still excited by the PS4 (and I managed to get one) and, to some extent, the Xbox One, but I believed I was one of the few “hardcore gamers” still interested in those.
I was wrong
Before I start, please be aware that this review will be biased a lot with the point of view of a foreigner living in Japan. The device might be more adapted to the Japanese audience, but even then, it is not without default.
The disclaimer above being understood and accepted, let me break the suspense immediately: the Vita TV, in its current state, is a prime example of how Sony can completely mess up a launch and ruin a perfect idea. The device and its launch lineup gets pretty much everything wrong, and knowing that the Vita TV is the bone Sony threw at its Japanese customers because the PS4 will not launch in Japan this year; is what I would consider as an insult from Sony to its own country and fans.
If you remember, I was extremely excited by the Vita TV, I said it was probably Sony’s best idea in years. I believe they managed to ruin pretty much every single one of my expectations with this launch.
Of course it’s not all bad, but it’s pretty terrible on many aspects, so read along.
If, like me, you were excited by the VitaTV and preordered one when it was announced, let me break the news for you: growing rumors today were stating that the VitaTV is currently only compatible with the JP PSN. I can confirm this is true.
When I got home today, the first thing I wanted to do was unbox and try the Vita TV, which had just arrived to my place.